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Psalm 108

With God We Shall Do Valiantly

A Song. A Psalm of David.

1My heart is steadfast, O God!

I will sing and make melody with all my being!1

2Awake, O harp and lyre!

I will awake the dawn!

3I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;

I will sing praises to you among the nations.

4For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;

your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

5Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!

Let your glory be over all the earth!

6That your beloved ones may be delivered,

give salvation by your right hand and answer me!

7God has promised in his holiness:2

“With exultation I will divide up Shechem

and portion out the Valley of Succoth.

8Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;

Ephraim is my helmet,

Judah my scepter.

9Moab is my washbasin;

upon Edom I cast my shoe;

over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

10Who will bring me to the fortified city?

Who will lead me to Edom?

11Have you not rejected us, O God?

You do not go out, O God, with our armies.

12Oh grant us help against the foe,

for vain is the salvation of man!

13With God we shall do valiantly;

it is he who will tread down our foes.

Footnotes

  • 1 108:1 Hebrew with my glory
  • 2 108:7 Or sanctuary

Psalm 109

Help Me, O Lord My God

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1Be not silent, O God of my praise!

2For wicked and deceitful mouths are opened against me,

speaking against me with lying tongues.

3They encircle me with words of hate,

and attack me without cause.

4In return for my love they accuse me,

but I give myself to prayer.1

5So they reward me evil for good,

and hatred for my love.

6Appoint a wicked man against him;

let an accuser stand at his right hand.

7When he is tried, let him come forth guilty;

let his prayer be counted as sin!

8May his days be few;

may another take his office!

9May his children be fatherless

and his wife a widow!

10May his children wander about and beg,

seeking food far from the ruins they inhabit!

11May the creditor seize all that he has;

may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!

12Let there be none to extend kindness to him,

nor any to pity his fatherless children!

13May his posterity be cut off;

may his name be blotted out in the second generation!

14May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord,

and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out!

15Let them be before the Lord continually,

that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth!

16For he did not remember to show kindness,

but pursued the poor and needy

and the brokenhearted, to put them to death.

17He loved to curse; let curses come2 upon him!

He did not delight in blessing; may it be far3 from him!

18He clothed himself with cursing as his coat;

may it soak4 into his body like water,

like oil into his bones!

19May it be like a garment that he wraps around him,

like a belt that he puts on every day!

20May this be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,

of those who speak evil against my life!

21But you, O God my Lord,

deal on my behalf for your name's sake;

because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!

22For I am poor and needy,

and my heart is stricken within me.

23I am gone like a shadow at evening;

I am shaken off like a locust.

24My knees are weak through fasting;

my body has become gaunt, with no fat.

25I am an object of scorn to my accusers;

when they see me, they wag their heads.

26Help me, O Lord my God!

Save me according to your steadfast love!

27Let them know that this is your hand;

you, O Lord, have done it!

28Let them curse, but you will bless!

They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!

29May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;

may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!

30With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;

I will praise him in the midst of the throng.

31For he stands at the right hand of the needy one,

to save him from those who condemn his soul to death.

Footnotes

  • 1 109:4 Hebrew but I am prayer
  • 2 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text curses have come
  • 3 109:17 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it is far
  • 4 109:18 Revocalization; Masoretic Text it has soaked